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Catastrophic incidents during Pilgrimage(Hajj)

What is Mina?

Before we talk about today’s(9/24/2015) incident at Mina,Makkah. we should know about what is Mina??

Mina is a large valley about five kilometers from the holy city of Makkah. The valley houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage. Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls.

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Tragic Incident of Mina:

At least 717 people have been killed in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia’s civil defence directorate said, as the death toll continued to rise.

The directorate said at least 863 other pilgrims were injured in Thursday’s stampede, which took place in Mina, on the out skirts of the holy city of Mecca.

The injured have been evacuated to four different hospitals in the Mina region, according to a civil defence spokesman.

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The highlighted portion shows the place where the incident took place.

The temperature in the valley is approximately 45 degree Celsius.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Prince Mohamed bin Nayef, ordered a probe into how the tragedy had occurred.

Nayef, who chairs the Saudi hajj committee, ordered the probe during a meeting with senior officials responsible for the pilgrimage in Mina, where the stampede took place.

The findings of the investigation will be submitted to King Salman, “who will take appropriate measures” in response, the Saudi Press agency said.

 Rescue Operation:

About 4,000 people from the rescue services participated in the operation to help the injured and about 220 ambulances were directed to the scene.

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Crane Accident 9/11.

At least 107 people have been killed after a crane toppled over at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, less than two weeks before Islam’s annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Accident which also injured more than 230 people, just weeks before Hajj pilgrimage, blamed on violent thunderstorms.

The crane collapsed near Al-Salam gate on the upper side of Al-Masaa area, and that caused the collapse of a small part of Al-Masaa and another section of Al-Mataf, the bridge area around the holy Kaaba

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2006:

More than 360 pilgrims killed in a stampede at the desert plain of Mina, near Makkah, where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls. The day before the Haj began, an eight-story building being used as a hostel near the Grand Mosque in Makkah collapsed, killing at least 73 people.

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2004:

A crush of pilgrims at Mina kills 244 pilgrims and injures hundreds on the final day of the Haj ceremonies.

2001:

A stampede at Mina during the final day of the pilgrimage ceremonies kills 35 Haj pilgrims.

1998:

About 180 pilgrims are trampled to death in panic after several of them fell off an overpass during the final stoning ritual at Mina.

1997:

At least 340 pilgrims are killed in a fire at the tent city of Mina as the blaze was aided by high winds. More than 1,500 were injured.

1994:

Some 270 pilgrims are killed in a stampede during the stoning ritual at Mina.

1990:

The worst Haj-related tragedy claims the lives of 1,426 pilgrims in a stampede in an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel leading to holy sites in Makkah.

May Allah (SWT) save the pilgrims from these types of deadly incidents.(ameen)

 

 

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